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NFL Offseason Workout Programs

NFL Offseason Workout Programs

Each offseason, all 32 NFL teams hold a series of voluntary offseason workout programs.
These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program, with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense versus team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Additionally, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

NFL team comprehensive schedule for this offseason workout programs:
Team / First Day / OTA Offseason Workouts / Minicamp Mandatory Minicamp

Arizona Cardinals
April 21 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Atlanta Falcons
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Baltimore Ravens
April 21 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Buffalo Bills
April 22 / May 28-30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Carolina Panthers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Chicago Bears
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Cincinnati Bengals
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-18 / June 10-12

Cleveland Browns
April 7 / May 20-21, May 23, May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5-6 / June 10-12

Dallas Cowboys
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Denver Broncos
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-4, June 16-19 / June 10-12

Detroit Lions
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Green Bay Packers
April 22 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Houston Texans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Indianapolis Colts
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Jacksonville Jaguars
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Kansas City Chiefs
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Miami Dolphins
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Minnesota Vikings
April 7 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

New England Patriots
April 21 / May 27, May 29-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New Orleans Saints
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-19 / June 10-12

New York Giants
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New York Jets
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Oakland Raiders
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Philadelphia Eagles
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Pittsburgh Steelers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

St. Louis Rams
April 21 / June 3, June 5-6, June 9-10, June 12, June 16-17, June 19-20 / None

San Diego Chargers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

San Francisco 49ers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Seattle Seahawks
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Tennessee Titans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Washington Redskins
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

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League Announces 32 Compensatory Picks for NFL Draft

NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Selections
NFL announced this week that 13 teams were being awarded a total of 32 compensatory selections to use in the 2014 draft.

Photo - DE Jackson Jeffcoat - Texas

The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets were the big winners with four selections each. The Ravens were especially well compensated for the free agents losses a year ago of linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, and defensive backs Ed Reed and Cary Williams. Three of Baltimore's picks are within the first 10 selections the NFL awarded.

The Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams were each given three extra picks. The full list of teams and the picks awarded is below.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. The picks this year were spread over the 3rd-7th rounds. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

The Steelers will get the first extra pick of the 2014 draft at with the 33rd selection of the third round at No. 97 overall. The Green Bay Packers, Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were awarded the next three picks to finish the third round.

Full list of 2014 Compensatory picks:

ROUND / OVERALL SELECTION /TEAM

3rd Round
33-97 - Pittsburgh
34-98 - Green Bay
35-99 - Baltimore
36-100 - San Francisco

4th Round
33-133 - Detroit
34-134 - Baltimore
35-135 - Houston
36-136 - Detroit
37-137 - New York Jets
38-138 - Baltimore
39-139 - Atlanta
40-140 - New England

5th Round
33-173 - Pittsburgh
34-174 - New York Giants
35-175 - Baltimore
36-176 - Green Bay

6th Round
33-209 - New York Jets
34-210 - New York Jets
35-211 - Houston
36-212 - Cincinnati
37-213 - New York Jets
38-214 - St. Louis
39-215 - Pittsburgh

7th Round
33-248 - Dallas
34-249 - St. Louis
35-250 - St. Louis
36-251 - Dallas
37-252 - Cincinnati
38-253 - Atlanta
39-254 - Dallas
40-255 - Atlanta
41-256 - Houston

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First Round Mock Draft - NFL Draft 2014

First Round Mock Draft
By Marvin Hult - College Scout

Photo – QB Blake Bortles - Central Florida

1. Houston - 2-14 – * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
2. St. Louis (Wash- 3-13) – Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
3. Jacksonville - 4-12 - * Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
4. Cleveland - 4-12 – * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
5. Oakland - 4-12 – * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
6. Atlanta - 4-12 – * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
7. Tampa Bay - 4-12 – * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
8. Minnesota - 5-10-1 – * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
9. Buffalo - 6-10 – Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
10. Detroit - 7-9 – Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
11. Tennessee - 7-9 - * Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
12. NY Giants - 7-9 – Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
13. St. Louis - 7-9 –* Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
14. Chicago - 8-8 – Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
15. Pittsburgh - 8-8 – * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
16. x - Baltimore - 8-8 – Zack Martin - OG - Notre Dame
17. x -Dallas - 8-8 – * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
18. NY Jets - 8-8 – * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.
19. Miami - 8-8 - CJ Mosley - LB - Alabama
20. Arizona - 10-6 - * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
21. Green Bay - 8-7-1 - * Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
22. Philadelphia - 10-6 - Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
23. Kansas City - 11-5 - * Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG - UCLA
24. Cincinnati - 11-5 - Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
25. San Diego - 9-7 - Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
26. Cleveland (Indy) 11-5 - Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
27. New Orleans - 11-5 - Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
28. Carolina - 12-4 - * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
29. New England - 12-4 - Ra'Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
30. San Francisco - 12-4 - * Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida State
31. Denver - 13-3 - * Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon State
32. Seattle - 13-3 - * David Yankey - OG - Stanford

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NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Ranked Players

NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ - No Franchise or Transitional Players listed

Photo – WR Eric Decker - Broncos

Top NFL Unrestricted Free Agents 2014:
Rank / Players / Position / Team

1. Jairus Byrd - S - Buffalo Bills
2. Lamarr Houston - DE - Oakland Raiders
3. Eugene Monroe - OT - Baltimore Ravens
4. Michael Johnson - DE - Cincinnati Bengals
5. Alterraun Verner - CB - Tennessee Titans
6. T.J. Ward - S - Cleveland Browns
7. Jared Veldheer - OT - Oakland Raiders
8. Branden Albert - OT - Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Decker - WR - Denver Broncos
10. Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
11. Randy Starks - DT - Miami Dolphins
12. Linval Joseph - DT - New York Giants
13. Brandon Browner - CB - Seattle Seahawks
14. James Jones - WR - Green Bay Packers
15. Aqib Talib - CB - New England Patriots
16. Jason Hatcher - DT - Dallas Cowboys
17. Jermichael Finley - TE - Green Bay Packers
18. B.J. Raji - DT - Green Bay Packers
19. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - Broncos
20. Rodger Saffold - OT - St. Louis Rams
21. Henry Melton - DT - Chicago Bears
22. Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks
23. Karlos Dansby - LB - Arizona Cardinals
24. Donte Whitner - S - San Francisco 49ers
25. Michael Vick - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
26. Walter Thurmond - CB - Seattle Seahawks
27. Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
28. Josh McCown - QB - Chicago Bears
29. Anthony Collins - OT - Cincinnati Bengals
30. Arthur Jones - DT - Baltimore Ravens
31. Hakeem Nicks - WR - NY Giants
32. Robert Ayers - DE - Denver Broncos
33. Brian De La Puente - OC - New Orleans Saints
34. Brandon Pettigrew - TE - Detroit Lions
35. Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
36. Zane Beadles - OG - Denver Broncos
37. Ben Tate - RB - Houston Texans
38. Dexter McCluster - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
39. Austin Howard - OT - New York Jets
40. Zach Strief - OT - New Orleans Saints
41. Jon Asamoah - OG - Kansas City Chiefs
42. Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
43. Tarell Brown - CB - San Francisco 49ers
44. Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
45. Andre Roberts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
46. Knowshon Moreno - RB - Denver Broncos
47. Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
48. Travelle Wharton - OG - Carolina Panthers
49. Jacoby Jones - WR - Baltimore Ravens
50. Tony McDaniel - DT - Seattle Seahawks

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March Madness - NFL Veteran Free Agency and Trading Period –

NFL Team Salary Cap Space - at press time
The new NFL salary cap provided clubs with another $10 million dollars that has been factored into the individual team rosters. This new money boosts many clubs into a higher bracket that could produce a buying frenzy in the opening weeks starting March 11th. The salary cap per team below is a fluctuating total according to ongoing roster moves - resignings, releases and restructuring of current players. The new totals should guarantee a heavily active Free Agent market thru the spring.

2014 Salary Cap By Team

TEAM / 2014 CAP SPACE
Raiders - $63.7
Jaguars - $56.3
Browns - $49.2
Jets - $39.1
Colts - $37.5
Dolphins - $30.3
Vikings - $30.3
Packers - $29.3
Bengals - $26.8
Broncos - $24.9
Ravens - $24.4
Buccaneers - $23.6
Eagles - $23.5
Bills - $22.4
Redskins - $21.9
Giants - $19.2
Falcons - $18.0
Cardinals - $17.6
Seahawks - $13.1
Patriots - $12.2
Lions - $10.6
Titans - $10.1
49ers - $9.7
Chiefs - $9.4
Texans - $8.3
Bears - $8.2
Panthers - $6.6
Rams - $6.4
Chargers - $6.2
Steelers - $3.1
Saints - $2.1
Cowboys - $1.6

Pro Day Workout Schedule Thru April

Pro Day Workout Schedule
New Dates will be added as Colleges schedule additional workouts or changes

Photo – QB Jimmy Garoppolo - 6'2" 225 lbs. - Eastern Illinois

QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois
Fast rising prospect had a strong pro day on Tuesday in front of dozens of NFL scouts. His excellent postseason that included both the East-West and Senior Bowl all-star games has him moving up NFL clubs draft board quickly.

He broke virtually all of Tony Romo’s college records and threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2013. He answered questions about playing against strong competition this postseason. He combines a good arm, fine mechanics and intangibles NFL clubs seek in a starting leader. With invitations to NFL teams facilities possible in April, he could be selected in the top 50 prospects in May

Pro Day Schedule
March 3 - Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Minnesota
March 4 - Auburn, Buffalo, Northwestern, Purdue, Southern Methodist
March 5 - Texas A&M, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan, NewMexico State, Fordham
March 6 - Clemson, Nebraska, Mississippi, Arizona, , Illinois, Texas Christian, Cincinnati, Jackson State, Alcorn St
March 7 - Ohio State, Arizona State, Southern Mississippi, Northern Illinois,South Alabama, Wofford
March 10 - South Florida; Louisiana Tech; Troy,Toledo, Northern Colorado
March 11 - Michigan State, UCLA, UConn, Kansas State, Iowa State, Temple, Tulsa, Jacksonville State
March 12 - Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern California, Michigan, Rutgers, Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, Boston College, Marshall, South Dakota, Eastern Washington
March 13 - Oregon, Oklahoma State, Washington State, UNLV, Ohio, Western Mchigan, New Mexico, Idaho, Samford
March 14 - Oregon State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Tulsa, BYU, Eastern Kentucky, North Alabama, Cal Poly
March 17- Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, Boise State, Houston, Memephis, Appalachian State, Valdosta State
March 18 - Florida State, Florida, California, Cal-Davis, Pittsburg State, Montana State, Murray State, Williams&Mary, Southern Illinois,Old Dominion
March 19 - Baylor, Central Florida, Utah, Virginia Tech, San Jose State, Lindenwood, Youngstown State, Missouri State
March 20 - Stanford, Notre Dame, Fresno State, San Diego State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, Hawaii, Bethune-Cookman, Tennessee State
March 21 - West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Akron, Missouri Western, Stony Brook,Northwest Mssouri State
March 24 - North Carolina State
March 25 - North Carolina, UMass, Iowa State, Texas-San Antonio, NCA&T
March 26 - Texas, Syracuse, Indiana, Duke, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State
March 27 - Louisiana Tech, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern
March 28 - Georgia Tech, Southern Methodist, Georgia State

April 1 - Utah State, Tennessee-Chattanooga
April 2 - South Carolina, Washington, North Texas
April 3 - Miami, Florida International
April 4 - Florida Atlantic
April 7 - Towson, McNeese State, Morgan State
April 8 - Penn State, Maryland
April 9 - LSU, Southern
April 10 - Bloomsburg
April 11 - Tulane
April 16 - Georgia
April 17 - Virginia Tech

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NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags

NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags
The deadline for NFL teams to designate veteran free agents with either the franchise or transition player tags passed on Monday with a total of 6 players receiving labels.

Photo – TE Jimmy Graham - Saints

Franchise Tags
All Players were non-exclusive Franchised players

TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans
DE Greg Hardy - Carolina
DE/LB Brian Orakpo - Washington
PK Nick Folk - Jets

The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

Transitional Players
C Alex Mack - Cleveland
LB Jason Worilds - Pittsburgh

Meanwhile, Mack and Worilds are able to sign offer sheets with other teams which the Browns or Steelers can match respectively to keep the player. However, if the offer sheets aren’t matched there is no compensation for their clubs. The transition designation gives teams five days to match any prospective offers. The salary cap numbers for Transitional players is approximately 20% lower than a Franchise tag at the same position.

NFL Free Agency begins March 11th. New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap will be part of March NFL Free Agency Report – out this weekend.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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